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[翻译]AS IT IS - Rio Olympic Games Open This Weekend

来源:慢速英语   时间:2016-08-04 09:23:28

Olympic athletes, high-level officials and other people have been arriving in Rio de Janeiro for the opening of the 2016 summer games.


The opening ceremony is Friday night, local time, but some events already started. The first medals will be awarded on Saturday.


The Rio Olympics officially begin Friday, when the Olympic torch is carried into Maracana Stadium to light the Olympic cauldron. The cauldron will stay lit for over two weeks until the closing ceremony on August 21. During that period, 301 gold medals will be awarded to the winners.


At the last summer Olympics, the 2012 London games, the United States won 46 gold medals and 104 medals in all. China was second, with 38 gold medals and a total of 88. Britain finished in third place, with Russia in fourth.


One major question this year is: How many medals will Russia win at the Rio games?


Just before the Olympics started, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) considered banning every member of Russia’s team because of a doping scandal.


Investigators for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of Russian athletes using unapproved substances at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. And the agency accused the Russian government of being involved and covering up the activity.


But in the end, the IOC decided not to ban all 387 Russian qualifiers for the Rio games. Many Russian athletes will have a chance to compete. But most of the country’s track and field athletes were banned by the International Association of Athletics Federation.


At a meeting in Rio this week, WADA and the IOC criticized each other. WADA officials said the IOC should have banned all the Russian Olympians. The IOC said WADA should have acted faster on the allegations of Russian cheating.


More than 10,000 men and women from over 200 nations will compete at Rio de Janeiro. The first medals, in men’s cycling and women’s shooting, will be awarded on Saturday. Chris Froome, who won the Tour de France last month, will be representing Britain.

来自200多个国家的一万多名男女运动员将在里约奥运会上展开竞争。首枚奖牌将于周六在男子自行车和女子射击中产生。上个月赢下环法自行车赛的克里斯多夫·弗罗梅(Chris Froome)将代表英国参赛。

American swimmer Michael Phelps has won the most Olympic medals ever. He has 22 medals, including 18 golds. He will carry the flag of the United States at the opening ceremony on Friday.

美国游泳选手迈克尔·菲尔普斯(Michael Phelps)已经获得史上最多的奥运奖牌。他拥有22枚奖牌,其中包括18枚金牌。他将在周五的开幕式上担任美国队旗手。

Aside from the question of which country will win the most medals, some people are worried about the health of the competitors.


Athletes are being careful about the time they spend out of doors because of concerns about the Zika virus. Zika spreads when mosquitos bite human skin. The virus is linked to microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby’s head is smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex.


Olympic organizers say they are not overly concerned about Zika since the games take place during Rio de Janeiro’s winter.


Athletes competing in water events, like open-water swimming, rowing and sailing are concerned about polluted water. The Associated Press reports that those athletes run a high risk of getting sick.


Water at some of the competition areas is polluted by untreated waste water. It contains bacteria and viruses carried by human waste.


While some athletes will wear gloves or other protection, it will be hard for the open-water swimmers to keep water from getting into their mouths. Yet Olympic organizers say athletes will not get sick.


April Ross is an American beach volleyball player. She is excited about the chance to compete on the famous Copacabana beach. “I think it’s awesome to be playing on an actual beach,” Ross said. But medical experts have warned that even the sand from coastal areas carries viruses.

阿普里尔·罗斯(April Ross)是一名美国沙滩排球运动员。她很兴奋有机会到著名的柯帕尔巴海滩比赛。她说,“我认为在真正的海滩上比赛非常棒。”但是医学专家警告说,即使是沿海地区的沙子也携带病毒。

Ross is one of 292 women on the U.S. Olympic team. The number of women on Team USA (292) is greater than the number of men (263).


Some of the strongest and most successful Americans at the games may be women. Swimmer Katie Ledecky is a world record holder in two Olympic events and won the 800-meter freestyle event in London.

这届奥运会上最强大和最成功的美国选手可能也是女性。泳将姬蒂·雷德基(Katie Ledecky)是两项奥运会比赛的世界记录保持者,并且在伦敦奥运会上获得了自由泳金牌。

The USA women’s soccer team has won three gold medals in the past three summer Olympics. The women’s basketball team is trying for its sixth straight gold medal.


Women will also be part of the first-ever refugee Olympic team.


Ten athletes from countries like South Sudan, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia will compete under the Olympic flag.


Four of them are women, including Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee now living in Germany. She and her sister swam across the Aegean Sea when the motor on their boat failed late last year. She and the other refugees were rescued and taken to a Greek island. Mardini and her sister settled in Germany last year.

其中四名运动员是女性,包括耶丝拉·马尔蒂尼(Yusra Mardini),这是一名目前居住在德国的叙利亚难民。去年年底,她和她的妹妹在船只马达失效时游过了爱琴海。她和其他难民被救出并送往一个希腊小岛。马尔蒂尼和她的妹妹去年定居到德国。

Words in This Story

dignitary – n. a person who has a high rank or an important position

medal – n. a piece of metal often in the form of a coin with designs and words in honor of a special event, a person, or an achievement

cauldron – n. a large pot

doping – n. the illegal use of a drug (such as a steroid) to improve an athlete's performance

qualify – v. to have the skills that are required or do the things that are required to become a member of a team or to be allowed in a competition

allegation – n. a statement saying that someone has done something wrong or illegal

defect – n. a problem or fault that makes someone or something not perfect: such as a : a physical problem that causes something to be less valuable, effective, healthy, etc.

athlete – n. a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength

torch – n. a long stick with material at one end that burns brightly